I'm alive!

Mar. 21st, 2010 10:56 pm
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I was nudged to update weeks ago, and as you can see, never got around to it.  These past two months have been such a whirlwind, I haven't even kept up with my LJ reading, which I usually do even when I don't post.  My weekends have been filled with traveling, while my weekdays have been filled with schoolwork.  I'm only taking four classes this semester (and unfortunately, unlike last semester, none are all that interesting to me), but since I don't have time to do schoolwork during most weekends, and each semester-long class is squeezed into seven weeks, they keep me on my toes!

Cut for pictures and a lengthy post... )
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Books I've read (or listened to) for fun:
  • King's Shield by Sherwood Smith
  • The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Poison Study by Maria Snyder

...so short!
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I'm in Europe! Maastricht, the Netherlands, to be exact, where I'll be studying for the next couple of months. I've also already spent a few days in England with my group. It's only been just over a week since I've arrived on this continent, and things have been a whirlwind so far! I'm loving it, though.

Cut for ramblings and a photo... )


Nov. 11th, 2009 12:04 am
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I found out today that I got accepted into Teach for America!!! =D  They've assigned me to teach elementary school in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The location was not one of my top choices, but I'm really glad I got assigned to elementary students.

So now, I just have to do some research and decide if I'm going to accept the offer.  I'm pretty sure I want to, but I need to see what the process is like if after I finish Teach for America, I want to transfer my credential to California. I'd hate to teach for two years and then have to go back and take a bunch of courses before I could get another credential! And also, there's the weather issue. I HATE humidity, and from what I've read, Tulsa gets pretty hot and humid in the summers. Still, I don't think that'll keep me from accepting if that ends up being the only issue.

Anyway, I'm very excited, and thought I'd share the news!
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A week from now, I will know whether or not I've been selected as a Teach for America corps member. I'm kind of freaking out...

It's weird how anxious I am about this.  It's not just that I think it would be a great program to be a part of. In fact, I'm actually a bit nervous about the program, because I'm not sure I'd be a good teacher.  Rather, I think the main reason that I really, really want to get into Teach for America is that an acceptance would mean that I would finally know what I'll be doing after I graduate.  For a long time, I've been anxious about my major, and what career I would take.  Right now, life after graduation is this big black space, that could be filled with anything. It's true that I do now have more of an idea of what I want to do, but nothing is definite.  Teach for America would give me a definite plan for the next two years, and could possibly set me on a path that I'll keep following even after my official commitment is up.  So these three weeks between my final interview and my acceptance notification are passing by SO slowly...

In other news, I'm right on track for NaRoWriMo!


Nov. 2nd, 2009 11:09 pm
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Yes, that's NaRoWriMo and not NaNoWriMo. You see, I decided today that November is National Role-Play Writing Month for me.  I don't write short stories, and I most definitely don't write novels. Instead, I collaborate in telling stories with my fellow players on several play-by-post, forum RPGs. I'm not very good about keeping up with these, however, and the last couple of weeks especially, I've been rather too lazy to post for my characters on these forums.  So I decided I needed motivation, and since it's NaNoWriMo for others, I thought I'd adapt the idea to fit my own style of storytelling.

Now, the 50,000 word goal of NaNoWriMo will not work for me.  First of all, I'm a slow writer, and so I simply don't have the time to write that many words. While this month won't be nearly as busy as last month was for me, I still have 18 credits worth of schoolwork (including a major paper and an exam) on top of my other activities. I'm also starting a day late.  Second, the format of RP writing is different from that of a novel. It's true that I'll have it easier in some respects. I don't have to come up with a plot with a defined beginning, middle, and end; I have other players to help me come up with ideas; and I already know most of my characters fairly well.  On the other hand, I do have to worry about quality as well as quantity.  My posts don't have to be rewritten and polished, but they do have to be good enough so that I'm not embarrassed about others reading them.  Further, I am somewhat limited in the fact that I have to wait for another player to reply to my post before I can write another one. Normally, I'm the one people are waiting on, but that's not always the case.

So what have I decided on as a goal? My original goal was 12,500, a quarter of the official NaNoWriMo goal.  However, I just copied and pasted all of my posts for the month of October into a Word file, and found that I wrote over 10,000 words last month. That's rather close to my original goal, and I want to press myself harder than that.  So I am now aiming for 25,000 words. I may not make it, but at least it's worth a try!

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This past weekend was Homecoming Weekend at my school, which means it was also the weekend for Pigskin Revue (basically an annual musical revue).  My mom came to see me perform this year, which was exciting.  I loved having her around, even if it means I didn't participate in most of the Homecoming activities.  So yeah, overall the weekend was nice.  It's so weird that this year's Pigskin Revue is the last time I will perform with Sing Alliance ever, though. I have been in the group since spring semester freshman year, and for several months of every semester since then, it has pretty much been my life. But since I'm studying abroad next semester, I had to check off "Do not intend to return" on our Intent to Return slips a couple of weeks ago. It made me so sad! At least now that it's over for the semester, I'll have quite a bit more time.

Fulbright and Teach for America Updates... )

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[Error: unknown template qotd]Day? Yes. I've been procrastinating WAY too much, and would like to go back and NOT procrastinate.  
Month? No. Entirely too much stress, despite the bright point of my 21st birthday.
Year? Definitely! In the past year, I've lived in Europe, was part of Sing Alliance as we won 3rd place in All University Sing, had my dream job of working up at camp, and revisted both New York and Hawaii. I'd take the bad parts of the year over again just because there was so much good!

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I just heard that two of my good friends, Firefly and Cave Rock*, got engaged yesterday!  I'm SO freaking excited for them!!!! I lived and worked with both of them all summer, and they're seriously two of the most amazing people I know.  They deserve each other, and they SO deserve to be this happy! I can't wait to call Firefly tomorrow and get more details!

...Anyway, I know that none of you know these people, and so probably don't care about this. But I had to let out my excitement to more people than just my roommate (who has no clue who these people are that I'm talking about either), and I can't do it anywhere else because the couple hasn't made the official announcement yet and it's too late to call the other people who do know about it. So, expressing my happiness here will have to do.

*Most people know them as Katrina and Zachary, but as they were my co-workers/family at the camp I worked at this summer, I only think of them by their camp names.

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My allergies have been so bad the last couple of days that every time I step out side, my nose starts to tickle and my face feels like it's puffing up.  Inside isn't a whole lot better, as I still sneeze and constantly have to blow my nose. I can't wait until this season is over!

Updates on school and more... )
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As I'm beginning another semester, it's time for another roundup!

Books, movies, shows, and other summer highlights )
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I've been out of school for over a month now, and things have been going pretty well!  The first couple of weeks, I mostly lazed around, though I did work occasionally.  Then, starting in June, my summer began to pick up. The first few days of the month, I visited my grandma with my mom.  It was nice to be able to spend some quality time with her, which I don't always get to do when I see her with a bunch of other family members around. 

The day after I came back from that trip, I left for orientation at the summer camp I'll be working at.  We were kept REALLY busy, being trained in all we needed to know for the rest of the summer! But I still had a chance to start to really get to know the other staff members, both the ones I'll be working directly with, and those I won't be seeing so often. It was odd, though, because all of those staff members who would be working with children had camp names. So someone would introduce themselves to me as Michelle, and I'd have to introduce myself as Azalea (the camp name I ended up choosing, after my first two choices had been rejected because they'd been recently used).  It took some getting used to! Within my specific camp area, we had a rule going on that if you said someone's real name, you had to put a quarter in a jar (we'd use the money to go see a movie sometime during the summer).  I didn't have too much of a problem, because I had never met most of the staff members before, and while I knew their real names, I had never really called them by them.  The harder part was referring to myself by my camp name! At any rate, orientation was packed, but fun.  I still don't know everything I'm supposed to be doing, but I guess there are some things we just have to figure out as we go along.

I left orientation two days early, so that I could go to New York.  I spent an afternoon packing and spending time with my family and my best friend, then left the next morning for Colorado, where I visited with some family friends.  The morning after that, I flew on to New York! I've now been here for about five days, and am having a blast.  I'm here for a history program centered on Abraham Lincoln, so we've taken tours of the city, heard lectures from some prominent scholars, and are working on a mini project. On my free time, I've also walked around the city, visited the Met, seen a free violin concert, and seen the NYC Ballet perform A Midsummer Night's Dream. 

I especially loved the ballet. While I like dancing, and watching people dance, the only full length ballet I'd seen before was The Nutcracker (which I've seen more times than I can count).  So A Midsummer Night's Dream was awesome. Not only was the story fun and the dancing spectacular (or cute, in the case of the really young dancers), but I also loved the music and costumes.  Plus, I only paid $15 for my tickets, because I'm a student!

Another thing I've loved is visiting the Strand Bookstore. I'm staying at an NYU residence hall only a block and a half away from the bookstore, so I've gone to visit it three times. They have so many new and used books, and at such great prices! I've bought 5 books so far, but if I didn't limit myself, I would probably have bought 100.

Well, I have a discussion in about 5 minutes, so I better go now. Hope you are all having as great of a summer as I am!
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Books Read:
  • Wren Journeymage by Sherwood Smith
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  • First Test by Tamora Pierce
  • Page by Tamora Pierce
  • Squire by Tamora Pierce
  • His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik
  • Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
  • The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Dust and Ashes by Anatoly Rybakov
  • Hunt Across Worlds by Sherwood Smith
  • Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde
  • The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde

Movies Watched in Theaters:
  • Marley and Me
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
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I'm the most indecisive person in the world, and am having the hardest time deciding on a camp name for the summer! My best friend says it should have something to do with dancing, as that's one of the things I absolutely love doing, but I couldn't come up with anything good. I also thought briefly of rocking the school spirit and being something to do with bears, but didn't have any real ideas for that either (I guess I could just combine the two and be Dancing Bear!). At any rate, here are my top 8 choices at the moment, in a poll because polls are fun. So vote, and if you have any other cool ideas you didn't mention earlier, put them in the comments.[Poll #1391080][Poll #1391080]

Camp Name!

Apr. 25th, 2009 12:48 am
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So, as I said in my last post, I'm going to be working at a camp this summer! At this camp, all the children's staff members have "camp names" that the kids call them by instead of their real names.  For example, some of the other staff members this year are Sandpiper, Tiger Lily, June Bug, Moonbeam, Cardinal, Timber, and Avalanche. At any rate, this means I need to come up with an outdoorsy name in the next week or so. Anyone have ideas?

In other news, Sing Alliance Formal was today.  As always, it was a ton of fun!  Although I didn't get a chance to hem my dress, so even though I wore my highest heels, I still kept tripping on it whenever I tried to dance...
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I finally know what I'm going to be doing this summer!  Last summer, I worked two weeks as a counselor for the high schoolers at a summer camp I've been attending in one shape or form for years.  That was fun, but ever since I was little I've wanted to work there for a whole summer, preferably with elementary age kids.  Well, I've finally got my wish!  I applied to work there as a counselor for the 3rd-5th graders in late January (since I was there last year, my "application" consisted of letting them know I wanted to come back and what job I wanted).  I didn't get interviewed until mid-March, and it wasn't until today  (when I'd almost given up hearing from them) that I heard I got a job.  It's not the job I applied for, but it should still be a lot of fun!* At any rate, I'm excited to finally know which of my several tentative plans for this summer will be actually carried out.

Speaking of summer, in just over two weeks I will be done with this semester! We only have 6 more days of classes (tomorrow is  "Diadeloso", where my school has a bunch of fun activities planned), and then I have all my finals in three consecutive days.  It's going to be quite a push getting through it all, but it's good to know it's almost over!

*Unfortunately, this camp is a non-profit and doesn't pay well at all. But you can't have everything, I guess!

Next Year

Apr. 19th, 2009 08:30 pm
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Well, I'm all registered for next semester's classes now!  Things can still change, but for now, I'm pretty content with what I've got. I'm taking the following 7 classes*:
  • Computers in Society
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • BIC Capstone: The Once and Future King: David, Jesus, and King Arthur
  • World Cultures V: Islamic Culture in the Middle East**
  • The Early Republic, 1789-1860 (American History)**
  • Introduction to Language and Linguistics
  • Ballet I
The BIC*** capstone classes are usually only offered in the spring, but for some reason, they're offering one section of it in the fall. As the topic is the one I've been wanting to take, I went ahead and signed up for it. However, with that out of the way, I only needed one hour of computer science and I'd be done with all my major and minor requirements after next semester.  And then I got to thinking, Why don't I study abroad in the spring?  Originally, I'd been opposed to studying abroad my final semester, but the idea suddenly started to get attractive.  My mom was very supportive of the idea, and so I started to look at the various programs that my school approves.

Read more... )
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So, I'm almost done with all my major and minor requirements. This means that I have a lot of leeway in deciding which classes to take next semester. I'm for sure taking "Intro to Computer Systems", and will probably take "Intro to Language and Linguistics" and "Ballet I" for fun. I also need to take a World Cultures class and an American History class, but I don't know which ones! I'm leaning towards "Islamic Culture" and "Civil War/Reconstruction", but I'm still deciding. Plus, I have space for one more elective. Unless it's a history, math, or computer science class, it'll have to be some intro class, but I don't know whether to take anthropology, sociology, Greek, accounting, or... So, here's a poll, so you can help me decide!

[Poll #1379796]
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I'm a Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Finalist! Basically, what that means is that I get a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to New York City in June, where I'll get to study about this year's theme (i.e. Abraham Lincoln) through lectures by eminent historians and visits to historical sites, museums, and archives. The actual Scholars (rather than the Finalists like me) get to go for five weeks during the summer, but I never even considered that I could be chosen for that.  I did, however, think that maybe, possibly, there was a chance I could be selected as a finalist, and I've been on pins and needles this last week waiting for the letter that would tell me the results.  I found out late this afternoon that I was chosen as a finalist, and I've been SOOO excited ever since! I mean, New York City is such an interesting place, and to get to spend a week there studying history?  Awesome!

Now, though, I need to figure out what I'm doing the rest of the summer...

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Ugh. I went home for the weekend, and enjoyed the fact that I got to see my family and my brother's soccer game and musical. Unfortunately, however, I ended up spending more time traveling than I spent at home. Friday was the first time I've ever had an airplane take off from one airport, and then land in that same airport. It was supposed to be a short flight into Dallas, but Dallas was experiencing really windy weather, and we'd have to circle for half an hour - which we didn't have enough fuel to do. With other delays and cancellations, my entire trip home took 12 hours instead of the expected 6. Thankfully, I didn't have to spend the night at the airport, because there are several airports in Southern California. I was able to catch a delayed flight to another airport near my house, where my poor dad picked me up from at 2am. We had to pick up my luggage the next day, though.

Then, on Sunday, my flight from DFW to the city where my school is located was canceled. Fortunately, this time the cancellation was due to mechanical reasons, and so they put me up in a hotel for the night. I finally got back in late this morning, having missed both of my classes for the day. I had an exam in one of those classes, too. But I'd e-mailed my professor, and now he's letting me take the test tomorrow.

So yeah, things could have been worse, but they were bad enough as it was!

On a different note, here's a meme from [livejournal.com profile] valkeakuulas: Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.
My Five Things )


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